Big bad luck for Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian tennis player was forced to undergo surgery and is therefore sidelined for a while.
The 27-year-old Bouchard was once fifth in the world ranking. In 2014 she had a miracle year with a Wimbledon final, semi-finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and her first (and so far only) tournament win as a professional player in Nuremberg.
But in recent years, Bouchard has fallen far back, partly due to a concussion she sustained after a fall in the locker rooms before a match at the US Open. For a long time, the Canadian seemed to focus mainly on her life on social media. With one bikini picture after another and videos about her private life on Instagram. It gave her more than two million (!) followers, but in the field of sport she burped firmly back.
Until she started training seriously again and played a final in Istanbul for the first time in four years in September 2020. Bouchard lost in three sets, but it promptly earned her a wildcard for Roland Garros (where she reached the third round). And 105 places in the world ranking, from 272 to 167.
Meanwhile, Bouchard has even risen to number 117 on the WTA ranking. She owes this to a place in the final at the tennis tournament in Guadalajara. She lost to Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets. But she hadn’t played since March 15, when she lost to Lin Zhu in the first round of the Monterrey tournament. The reason: a shoulder injury. And that forced her to have an operation.
“Hello all. I have bad news to report,” the Canadian writes on her Instagram page with more than 2 million followers. “As some of you may know, I have had pain in my right shoulder since last fall and in March I tore a muscle in the first round in Guadalajara. Since then I have tried every form of treatment and rehabilitation known to man, but to no avail. So last week I made the decision and had surgery. The doctor says everything went well. I now have a difficult recovery ahead of me, but I am hopeful and will work hard to get back to the job I love.”
So there is a real chance that Bouchard will be finished again…